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Liuku is a contemporary pendant light that reflects Finnish designer Maija Puoskari's ongoing fascination with nature. Originally trained as a florist, Maija abstracts a flower shape with her combination of a wooden drop fixture with a mouth-blown glass shade. The sustainably produced, FDC-certified alder wood component hides a long-life LED light source while the Liuku shade is available in either clear glass or striking tones of smoke or gradient violet. For additional versatility, the wooden fixture can be used on its own, as a single pendant or in clusters, for both residential and commercial spaces.
“I wanted to launch a brand that has a strong vision to create timeless and beautiful design, based on an ethical business strategy,” says Henrik Marstrand, the chief executive and founder of Mater, the Danish design brand. Named for the Latin word for “mother,” the company signals a return to meaningful values of sustainable, eco-conscious and socially responsible design, Henrik says, and away from the self-conscious pursuit of “name” products that can confer a false sense of status. For its collections of lighting and furniture, Mater looks to both emerging talent and established designers as well as working methods that support local craft traditions, laborers and the environment. A member of the United Nations Global Compact, Mater has also been named Best Debut Design Brand by Wallpaper magazine.